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Behind the scenes regular monitoring above and below the waterline at Hoveton has steered the project.

Regular Environmental monitoring of the Hoveton Great Broad site has been carried out for many years.

Over that time the general quality and state of the broad has not improved, and the site has remained in poor ecological condition. The wildlife, underwater species and flora has suffered as a result.

The Hoveton Great Broad Restoration project aims to bring the broad back into a favourable environmental state, with wildlife and flora flourishing above and below the waterline.

Find out more from Natural England’s Science Officers and National Nature Reserve Team about the variety of scientific approaches that have been used on the Hoveton Great Broad Project.

Sediment removal

How do you move 55,000 cubic metres of soft sediment?


“Biomanipulation” is THE key technique that we are using to improve the water quality of Hoveton Great Broad.

Fish tracking PhD

The purpose of the research was to understand how the isolation and biomanipulation of Hoveton Great Broad from the River Bure effects the bream and pike.

Hoveton Broad Restoration Outcome

Water Quality Monitoring

Frequent water sampling allows changes in water quality to be surveyed over time.

Daubenton bat

Mammals found on the trail and the story of the Daubenton bat!